Observation of excitation transfer among neighboring quantum dots

H. D. Robinson, B. B. Goldberg, J. L. Merz

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Coupling between spatially separated zero-dimensional states has been observed in a system of self-assembled In0.55Al0.45As quantum dots. Photoluminescence excitation spectra, taken at 4.2 K with a near-field scanning optical microscope, reveals narrow resonances in the emission lines of individual dots when the excitation energy is tuned below the barrier band edge. A fraction of these resonances occur simultaneously in emission corresponding to different dots, evincing lateral interdot excitation transfer. Experiments show that the wetting layer in the sample consists solely of localized states which are then invoked to explain the excitation transfer over the relatively large interdot spacing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number075308
Pages (from-to)753081-753087
Number of pages7
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number7
StatePublished - Aug 15 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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